Travel Bug-ket List

“There is no passion to be found playing small – 
in settling for a life that is less than 
the one you are capable of living.” 
– Nelson Mandela

Everyone has goals and dreams. From life lists or bucket lists, to things which you know you have to experience at one point in your life. This page is to showcase mine and to, in a sense, keep myself accountable. As I slowly ticket the things off my ever expanding list I will also be linking the posts to this page so keep checking back! So without further ado, here is my Travel Bug-ket List!

Personal

  • Get my pilots license
  • Do something newsworthy
  • Get a second passport
  • Graduate University (with honours!)
  • Fall in love
  • Adopt a child
  • Become fluent in French/Indonesian/Spanish/Italian/Cantonese
  • Learn to (properly) drive a manual car
  • Learn Krav Magra
  • Fill up a passport before it expires
  • Take my Mum on a trip to Bora Bora (her dream destination)
  • Say ‘Yes’ to everything for a week
  • Get a meaningful tattoo
  • Trace my aboriginal heritage
  • Be on ‘the Amazing Race’
  • Dance with Ellen DeGeneres (or at least see a taping!)
  • Take a jewellery making course
  • Complete everything on my travel bug-ket list!

Travel Blogging and Writing

  • Have 1000/2000/5000/10,000/50,000/100,000 Twitter followers
  • Have 50/100/200/500/1000/5000/10,000 Facebook followers
  • Consistently earn $100/$200/$500/$1000 p.m. from my site
  • Have an article Guest Posted on someones blog (Thanks to Nomadic Chicks Jeannie for making this one come true!)
  • Have an article printed (I was printed in the October 2013 edition of AFAR magazine!)
  • Be a well-known resource and expert of a particular region of the world
  • Have an article printed in a major newspaper/on a major website
  • Be interviewed for TV
  • Have my own business card
  • Write a book

Geography

Animals
(which aren’t location dependent)

  • Giant Panda conservation
  • See Tigers up close (and maybe hold one!)
  • Learn to drive a sled pulled by sled-dogs
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Take a camel ride (Read about riding camels in the Northern Territory here!)
  • Hold an endangered species (I touched a Tasmanian Devil… not quite hold but I was a bit nervous about their teeth!)
  • Help protect an endangered species
  • Play soccer with elephants
  • Milk a cow

Events (General)

  • Go to the Olympics (I went to the London 2012 Olympic Games to see the Rowing!)
  • See the Redbull Flugtag

Sports

  • Get my SCUBA certification
  • Go white water rafting
  • Go sky diving
  • Go wind surfing
  • Go kite surfing
  • Go hang gliding
  • Go snowboarding
  • Go skiing
  • Bungee jump
  • Fly on a trapeze
  • Learn to sail a boat
  • Sail a yacht
  • Be able to do a pull-up

Eating

  • Eat at one of Jamie Olivers restaurants [Pics to come!]
  • Eat at a Michelin starred restaurant
  • Eat at the top restaurant in the world
  • Pick strawberries/raspberries
  • Collect honey from a beehive
  • Drink a bottle of Dom Perignon with a bendy straw
  • Be present at Zumberon Day in Sydney (Adriano Zumbo’s macaron day)

Miscellaneous

  • Visit a tea plantation (and pick tea leaves!)
  • See Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights)
  • Drive the Pan-American Highway
  • See a geyser explode
  • Rock up to the airport and jump on the first flight out of there
  • Rock up to the train station and jump on the first train out of there (in Europe!)
  • Visit and make a difference in a tribal village
  • Go ‘glamping’ (Read about Glamping at Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge in the Northern Territory!)
  • Ride in a hot air balloon (Read my experience Hot Air Ballooning over Canberra)
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Go zip lining
  • Stand under a waterfall
  • Jump off a big cliff
  • Be an extra in a film or TV show (Bollywood movie?!)
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Shoot a gun
  • Sleep in a tree house
  • Sleep in an igloo
  • Teach English in a foreign country
  • Complete the 365-day photo project
  • Suck it up and survive a winter with snow (does surviving one of London’s mildest winters count? It snowed only once whilst I was there!)
  • Stomp grapes with my feet to make wine
  • Meet real life pirates
  • Drive in a foreign country on the opposite side of the road
  • Take a road trip with no GPS or map
  • Couchsurf
  • Sing karaoke
  • Shower in the rain

Australasia

Australia

  • Step foot in every State and Territory
  • Drive from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia
  • SCUBA dive in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
  • Sail the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
  • Swim with Great White Sharks in Port Elliot, South Australia
  • Go to Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • See Ayers Rock/Uluru, Northern Territory [Read about sunset at Uluru here]
  • See Kakadu, Northern Territory
  • See Mission Bay, Northern Territory
  • Drive the Great Ocean Road [Okay, so I didn’t make it all the way to Warrnambool but I got damn close!]
  • See the 12 Apostles, Victoria
  • Run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales
  • Visit the ACT – the Capital of Australia

New Zealand

  • Go Zorbing
  • Jump of Sky Tower, Auckland
  • Bungee Jump
  • Bathe in the mud pools in Rotorua
  • Visit Napier (Art Deco city)
  • Walk the Milford Trek
  • Climb the world’s steepest road (Baldwin Street, Dunedin)
  • Skydive the Sounds

Fiij

  • Participate in a Kava ceremony
  • Dive the Supermarket (see the SHARKS!)

Vanuatu

  • Experience the traditional island life
  • Dive Million Dollar Point near Santo
  • Dive the Coolidge Wreck near Santo
  • See the Millenium Caves near Santo

Tonga

  • See the first sunrise in the world on New Years Day

Samoa

  • Jump into To Sua Ocean Trench

China

  • Learn to speak Cantonese (Hong Kong style!)
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year (I celebrated in London but I’m not sure it’s the same)
  • Climb Great Wall of China [Post coming soon!]
  • Eat dumplings for every meal for a week (I really REALLY like dumplings!)
  • Visit Thames Town
  • See the Enshi Grand Canyon
  • Visit the museum of the Forbidden Palace
  • See Tiananmen Square

Japan

  • Participate in a traditional tea ceremony
  • Visit Hiroshima
  • See the Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Take the Bullet Train
  • See Mount Fuji
  • Stay in a capsule hotel (You can read about my capsule hotel experience here!)
  • Spend a day only eating vending machine food (supposedly there is a huge range!)
  • Meet a Geisha (I enjoyed a dinner date with two Maiko and a Geiko in Kyoto)

India

  • See the Taj Mahal
  • Learn about spices
  • Take part in Holi (can take part in India/Pakistan/Nepal)

Cambodia

  • Explore Angkor Wat

North Korea

  • Take a tour of North Korea
  • Play a round of golf on the most dangerous golf course in the world (DMZ between N.Korea and S.Korea)

South Korea

  • Visit the DMZ
  • Learn to make traditional kimchi
  • Visit the themed cafes (I visited a Bau House Dog Cafe while I was in Seoul!)
  • Visit Petite France
  • Visit Jeju Island

Thailand

  • Take a boat down the Mekong River
  • Bring in the New Year with the Worlds Biggest Water Fight (Songkran)
  • Help out at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai

Nepal/Tibet

  • Climb to Mt Everests Base Camp

Mongolia

  • Sleep in a Ger
  • Learn to ride a horse like a Mongolian

Indonesia

  • Ride a motorcycle from one side of Indonesia into Papua New Guinea
  • Hike the whole Kokoda Trek

Laos

Europe

  • Visit each region of the former Soviet Republic  (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan)
  • Ride the whole length of the Trans-Siberian Railway (Vodka Train) – Moscow to Beijing
  • Ride the whole length of the Orient Express – Paris to Istanbul

Britain

  • Attend (and learn about) a Polo match
  • See Stonehenge
  • See Oxford and Cambridge
  • See Oxford and Cambridge row!
  • Go to Glastonbury Music Festival
  • See Windsor Castle (Read about the tour I took to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath!)
  • See Stonehenge
  • Visit Bath and take a Roman Bath
  • Take on the infamous Circle Line Pub Crawl, London
  • See inside Windsor Castle

Scotland

  • Visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival [Read about The Pleasance here]
  • See the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Learn how Scottish whiskey is made
  • Celebrate Hogmanay
  • Try haggis
  • Learn a Scottish dance

Ireland (inc. Northern Ireland)

  • Drive around Ireland
  • Celebrate St Patricks Day in Dublin
  • Find a ‘Londonderry’ sign painted over so that it just reads ‘Derry’ (bonus points if I paint the sign)
  • Visit the Blarney Castle Gardens and see the Blarney Stone and poison gardens
  • Learn some basic phrases in Gaelic in the Gaeltacht

Germany

  • Drink down at Oktoberfest
  • Visit the Christmas Markets
  • Visit the Berlin Love Parade
  • Visit the Berlin Wall
  • Visit Check-Point Charlie
  • See Neuschwanstein Castle

Italy

  • Learn to make homemade pasta from a Nonna (Read more about my pasta making class in Bologna!)
  • When my Dad retires take him to Emilia-Romagna for a road trip to Motorvalley, to make some Parmesan cheese in Parma (because he loves a big bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese!), and for a round or two of golf.
  • Make some parmesan cheese
  • Celebrate Carnivale in Venice
  • Ride a gondola in Venice
  • See people make glass in Munoro

Austria

  • Hike Green Lake in the Hochschwab Mountains – in summer it’s a hiking spot, in winter you can dive it!

Norway

  • Drive on the Storseisundetbrua which is one of the bridges along the Atlantic Road

Poland

  • Visit the rock salt mine
  • Visit Auschwitz
  • Make vodka

Spain

  • Attend La Tomatina in Valencia
  • Take part in San Fermin (Running of the Bulls) in Pamplona [Check out ‘Girls who Run with Bulls‘]
  • Attend the biggest party in the world called Las Fallas
  • Learn to cook Tapas
  • Attend a bull fight
  • Channel my inner Gaudi in Barcelona
  • Get into the dance culture

France

  • Have a picnic under the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Ride a scooter (with beret) around Paris
  • Take touristy photos of… the Effiel Tower, the Arc du Triomphe, the Mona Lisa, and the Louvre
  • Visit the Medieval City in Carcassonne

The Netherlands

  • Celebrate Queen’s Day
  • Ride a bicycle around the city
  • Learn more about Tulips
  • Climb a Windmill

Croatia

  • Sail the islands of Croatia

Russia

  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway (VodkaTrain) from Moscow to Beijing
  • Visit Red Square, Moscow
  • See (and take plenty of photos of) Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
  • See (and take plenty of photos of) the Church of the Savior on Blood, Moscow
  • See the Winter Palace/Palace Square, Moscow
  • Spend summer in St Petersburg
  • Visit Siberia

Ukraine

  • Visit Chernobyl

Africa

  • Go on safari (read more about my safari experience at MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa)
  • Be kissed by a Cheetah
  • Witness a voodoo ceremony
  • Go on a safari in the Serengeti
  • See the Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

Kenya

  • Visit the Masai people

South Africa

  • Swing through the trees like Tarzan (Titzicarmen National Park)
  • Spend a night in Kruger National Park (preferably glamping!)
  • Abseil Table Mountain, Cape Town
  • See Afghan Penguins at Boulder Beach, Cape Town
  • Spend a night in Grahams Town
  • Visit the Cape Winelands

Namibia

  • See the Skeleton Coast

Tunisia

 

Zanzibar

  • Sail around Zanzibar

Tanzania

  • Climb Mt Kilimanjaro and watch the sun rise

The Middle East

  • Float in the Dead Sea

Egypt

  • See the pyramids and sphinx
  • Take a boat down the Nile

Israel

  • Visit the Wailing Wall
  • Visit Bethlehem

Jordan

  • Find something most tourists overlook at Petra and the Treasury

Morocco

  • Learn to cook traditional Moroccan food

Palestine

 

Qatar

 

Turkey

  • Visit the Grand Bazaar (and out haggle the vendor!)
  • Drink proper Turkish tea

Oman

 

Saudia Arabia

 

United Arab Emirates

  • Go skiing in Dubai

North America

  • See Niagara Falls from both sides (US and Canada)

Canada

  • Step foot in every Province and Territory
  • Go to the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal
  • See the Calgary Stampede

America

  • Step foot in every state (14 down, 52 to go!)
  • Drive across America
  • Spend New Years Eve in Times Square, New York
  • Climb the Statue of Liberty, New York
  • See the Red Wood Forests in California
  • Attend Burning Man in Nevada
  • Hike the Grand Canyon in Arizona
  • See the Space Needle in Seattle
  • See a Blues Band perform in Chicago
  • See the White House in Washington DC
  • Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  • Walk around Alcatraz
  • Walk ‘The Inner Sunset’ at 16th & Moraga in San Francisco, CA
  • See Manhattenhenge
  • See Pearl Harbour in Hawaii and learn the history
  • Learn to do the Hula in Hawaii
  • Go to Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois
  • Go to Madi Gras in New Orleans
  • Attend a Hawaiian Luau

Mexico

  • Visit Chichen Itza
  • Celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Caribbean and Central America

  • Island hop for a month
  • Visit every island

Cuba

  • Visit Cuba

Costa Rica

  • Stay in a Tree House
  • Go Ziplining

South America

  • Visit the Amazon Jungle
  • Visit Tierra del Fuego (islands divided by Argentina and Chile)

Bolivia

  • Cycle the most dangerous road in the world in La Paz
  • Take photographs in the Salar de Uyuni (saltflats of Uyuni)
  • Visit the silver mines of Potosi
  • Take part in the Carnaval de Oruro

Brazil

  • Celebrate Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro
  • Take a tour of the favelas (slums)

Chile

  • Visit Easter Island
  • Make Chilean-styled Paella
  • Take a wine tour

Peru

  • Hike the Inca Trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu
  • Hike Colca Canyon (deepest canyon in the world) in Cuzco
  • See the Nazca Lines
  • Visit Iquitos

Ecuador

  • Go to Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) in Quito
  • Send a letter from Post Office Bay in the Galapogos
  • Take the ‘devils nose’ train from Riobamba to Alusi

Belize

  • Scuba Dive the Great Blue Hole

Colombia

  • Hike to Ciudad perdida (the Lost City)
  • See the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral in Bogota

Antarctica

  • Step foot on Antarctica

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessin John
    October 27, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    What an awesome bucket list !

  • Reply
    Vixxie
    August 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Aww, I know it’s so small and so easy to overlook, but if you skip Belgium on your European bug-ket list, you’ll miss out on a lot of pretty sights and cool experiences. If you think “climbing a windmill in the Netherlands” is worthy of a spot on your list, consider adding “planning a long evening of getting tipsy on quality Belgian beer” or “eating half your weight in sweets in a Belgian chocolaterie”. If not for the food, you’ll love to visit the ever so vibrant, cultural and fashion artsy Antwerp, the picturesque Ghent or Bruges, Venice in Belgium. Little gems, honestly. Take it from a local, who’s also seen a big part of the world but still believes in home sweet home =).

    • Reply
      Nicole
      August 1, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Hey Vixxie,
      Thanks for giving me those sweet tips!

      I really need to update this list as I do want to visit Belgium! I’ve seen such beautiful photos of the country (a lovely blogger named Sofie from Wanderful Wanderings introduced me to the country!), but I didn’t know much about it when I wrote this list almost 10 years ago!

      Thank you for sharing your picks – I especially like the sound of that chocolatier 😉

      I hope you’ll consider adding Melbourne to your bucket list – and maybe reach out to me when you come! Would love to show you where the cities best coffee is!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      August 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Hey Vixxie,
      Thanks for giving me those sweet tips!

      I really need to update this list as I do want to visit Belgium! I’ve seen such beautiful photos of the country (Sofie from Wonderful Wanderings introduced me to the beauty of your country), but I didn’t know much about it when I wrote this list almost 10 years ago!

      Thank you for sharing your tips with me – especially the chocolaterie!

      I hope you’ll consider adding Melbourne to your bucket list 🙂

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